Monthly Archives: November 2017

Eyes, brains and thumbs: the wonders of primate evolution (December 4-8)

During our last week we will concentrate on primate and specifically human evolution. We look closely at our own lineage not just because it is of immediate interest to us, but also so we can directly apply concepts of evolutionary … Continue reading

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Our Cenozoic Mammalian Cousins (continued) (November 27 – December 1)

Please review the links from last week as we continue discussing the Mammalian Radiation in the Cenozoic. Here is the Fall 2017 Final Exam description. (Test time: December 12 (Tuesday), 9:00 a.m. to noon. Test seating: Students with last names … Continue reading

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Our Cenozoic Mammalian Cousins (November 20)

We had our introduction to mammals back in the Triassic. They were ratty little critters then, but now that the non-avian dinosaurs are gone our mammals have become very serious and prolific. So many mammal groups appeared in the early … Continue reading

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Catastrophe: The Cretaceous Mass Extinctions (November 13-17)

The story of the Cretaceous Mass Extinctions is amazing. The “Impact Hypothesis” was developed at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1980 when I was there as a graduate student (to my great fortune, even if I had nothing to … Continue reading

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Our Furry Kin and The Greening of the Earth: Evolution of Mammals and Plants (November 6-10)

We’ll start Monday with a review of your second test results, then begin our discussion of early mammals. On Wednesday we’ll be deep into the woods with the Kingdom Plantae. Mammals evolved so gradually from the reptiles that it becomes … Continue reading

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